impact: women scientists in the media communications workshops
Since March 2020, the SMC has been collaborating with RNA Media to run Impact: Women scientists in the media communications workshops, for women scientists at a post-doctoral level (or equivalent) or above, working in areas of science of interest to the media. Sponsorship for these workshops has so far been provided by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research.
What do these events involve?
Run by two very experienced medical and science journalists, these workshops focus on interview technique and preparation, with the explicit goal of increasing the number of women in STEM appearing across the media. They aim to give participants more confidence to speak to non-specialist audiences through newspapers, magazines, online news, radio and TV. They are free for participants and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far.
The SMC is administering the workshops so that we can help continue to build our database of excellent scientists with the aim of increasing the amount of women in our output.
Unfortunately, we already have a full waiting list for future workshops and so can not offer places on these workshops for more participants at the moment. If and when we have more workshop dates available, we will contact press officers from institutions to inform them of this.